Monday, June 15, 2015
Lady Gaga, Fireworks and Colorful Tracksuits: Opening Ceremonies of the Inaugural European Games--Baku 2015 European Games Baku Azerbaijan
This past Friday night was the Opening Ceremonies of the Baku 2015 European Games. This is the inaugural European Games and they are being held in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 12-28th. The European Games is an international multi-sport event for the athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe (NCO's). The Games will feature 6,000 athletes from 50 NCO's competing in 20 sports. Baku Azerbaijan was awarded the right to hold these first European Games by a vote in Rome and they will be held every four years after this year.
Fireworks Extravaganza: Baku National Stadium, 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony Baku Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan was the only nation bidding to host the inaugural event so it wasn't a difficult decision of who would host it. It has been reported that the president has spent over $10 billion on the games. Oh an in case you didn't know, Azerbaijan is very rich in oil and natural gas (of course it is). And of note, the county--and its government--has been under much scrutiny as of late for press and particularly, human rights violations.
Now, back to the UBER expensive--and VERY OLYMPICS-like 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony:
Spectacular: Opening Ceremonies began with performers/dancers wearing these big hooped skirts with multicolored fabrications featuring displays of Azerbaijan rug motifs--2015 European Games Opening Ceremony Baku Azerbaijan
Art and Tradition: The 2015 Baku European Games Opening Ceremony also featured performers highlighting traditional Azerbaijan culture including "miniature art come to life"--2015 European Games Opening Ceremony Baku Azerbaijan
this news report, she was hiding in her Azerbaijani Hotel room for days before her performance Friday night.
Another DIVA present was the First Lady of Azerbaijan, Mehriban Aliyeva:
Angelina Jolie Who?...First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva dons a white crepe boat neck and three-quarter sleeved tea-length very fitted dress, accessorized with silver and sequined heels and perfectly coiffed up-do--This lady knows how to do "First lady"/Angelina Jolie-at-the-UN-style right! She may be married to a not-so-human rights-nice president (allegedly!) but she is a COUTURE Diva!Let's get to the European Games Opening Ceremony Uniforms. There wasn't anything spectacular or Fashion Fab.; it was mostly A LOT of tracksuits, Capri pants, jogger zip-up jackets and neon sneakers. Blah. Blah. And Blah. So, with that said, there were some stand-outs.
Here's my Top Ten...I mean ELEVEN-ish, List of Best European Games Opening Ceremony Uniforms:
#10 TIE: CZECH REPUBLIC and SWITERLAND
#11 TIE: LATVIA and TURKEY
***What do you guys think? WHICH COUNTRY wore your FAVORITE 2015 Baku European Opening Ceremonies outfits?